4.1 Why is it important to develop an effective communications plan as part of an ORV programme?

Raising awareness about rabies prevention and control is essential to prevent exposures and to increase the general public’s behaviours towards proper wound care and seeking medical attention.

Enhanced awareness can also improve rabies control efforts in animals by increasing reporting of suspect rabid animals, improving understanding within the population about the need to vaccinate foxes and dogs and the behaviours of responsible pet ownership. All of these efforts will lead to improved overall rabies prevention at the local level.


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